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Knowledge Network Science and Engineering The Science of Studying Abroad Why Scientists and Engineers Don’t Go Abroad, Why They Should, and How to Make It Happen By Megan Brenn-White departments and directly into the colleges of science and engineering (as well as other fields) to increase awareness about opportunities in Germany. Among DAAD’s strategies for achieving this is the creation of new programs such as the Research Internships for Science and Engineering (RISE) and High Tech in Old Munich, both short-term summer programs in English. This work is starting to pay off. Around one-third of the year-long study and research fellowships DAAD New York awards now go to students in the sciences or engineering. There was overwhelming interest in the RISE program in this its inaugural year. And the first Americans have already earned one of the new Master’s degrees in Germany—many of which are offered in English for scientists and engineers. Sarah Laskoski, Global Engineering Education Exchange alumna from University of Texas, Austin, who studied abroad at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, doing lab research. Study abroad is for students in the humanities, social sciences and business, while engineers and science students get to stay at home and slog their way through their rigid and demanding majors. That’s what the numbers say and that’s how most study abroad programs are designed. And yet it’s becoming more and more apparent that the benefits of a stay abroad are just as critical for future chemists and mechanical engineers as they are for the next generation of art historians and political scientists. Armed with this belief, people around the world are forging ahead to create new and relevant experiences for this “nontraditional” group and their solutions may help pave the way for study abroad programs for other disciplines that have been neglected. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation and awards funding to tens of thousands of individuals a year around the world in all disciplines. In order to expand the breadth of the traditional fellowship programs, DAAD has had to reach out beyond the German “Unknowns in the world of science, whether they be related to chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics, are far too vast for any one nation to take on alone.” — Aleena Renee Garner, Senior at the University of Oregon and RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) intern in Germany Why Should Scientists and Engineers Study Abroad? Students in engineering or science possess the usual motivations for study abroad: desire to learn about a new culture, have an adventure, master a language, make new friends, or enhance their résumé. On top of that, they may want to work with a researcher or at a company or lab that is doing work that is different than what they could do at home. These students won’t all be looking for discipline-specific programs or experiences, but many will. Top scientists are used to a world where collaboration across borders is the rule rather than the exception and students who

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2005

IIE Networker - Fall 2005
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Study Abroad for Students of Color
Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Science and Engineering
Students with Disability
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2005